[I very seldom get visual pictures, but this haiku is the result of one. In church the Sunday after I had written this, the sermon referred to Jesus taking the initiative in respect of  Peter’s restoration. I think it’s often the same in Salvation. Sometimes God takes the initiative by sending the right person to one, or by allowing some misfortune to come to us. Personally, I am so thankful that he sent the right person to me; this person has become like family.]

I stumbled Godwards:
On the cross already God
Was rushing to me!

Luke 15:20 So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way from home his father saw him, and his heart went out to him; he ran and hugged his son and kissed him.
For the full context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/luke/15.htm

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
(For the full context click: http://niv.scripturetext.com/romans/5.htm

You can read the details of Peter’s denials of Jesus in John 18
http://niv.scripturetext.com/john/18.htm

You can read of Peter’s restoration in chap 20. (And you can understand why Peter was so keen to get to the tomb as well.)
http://niv.scripturetext.com/john/20.htm

Jesus took the initiative. Jesus restored. In God’s economy “broken” is NOT the same as “useless”!

 

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Parody: Fleetwood Mac: Silver Spring. This is for those of us who know people who are running away from God, filling their lives with things that can never satisfy, only cause heartache and trauma. I have a number of such people in mind — and one in particular right now. Jesus came to look for those who were lost: and that is our hope.

I would be your loving King

Truly loving …. see my Passion

I would be your only dream

Your defence … my sword is flashing.

And is this world enticing?

Do you find it fulfilling?

You know that isn’t so.

So you began not to love me

Turn around now; stop your running.

You know I loved you years ago

Look, see my arms stretching out for you

Does this world fulfil you?

And is it all that you’re wanting?

You know that that’s not so…. oh no.

Can you tell me: is it worth it?

You know I love you so.

I’ve placed my Name on you, and I won’t forget you

You know I want to love you, but you just won’t let me

I’ve placed my Name on you, and I won’t forget you

You know I want to love you, but you just won’t let me

I’ll follow you ’round ’til the sound of my voice will haunt you

(Give yourself a chance!)

You’ll never get away from the call of the Saviour who loves you

(Come on back to me!)

I’ll follow you down ’til the sound of my voice will haunt you

(I’ll haunt you; give yourself a chance!)

You’ll never get away from the call of the Saviour who loves you

[I came across a photograph of a friend when she was a young mother. With her was her baby daughter. Their faces were inches away from each other, and they seemed absorbed into each other: intimacy. As parents know, things do not stay that way. As the child grows, the intimacy with the parent diminishes and also, very often, the intimacy with God, even when parents have tried to foster it. How does God respond?

C143 SV57     22 March 2010]

My Child —
Inches away on my lips
I feel the soft flutter of your tiny breath
As your eyes scan my face:
Security, warmth and endless love;
And you chuckle with life and promise.

My Child —
I yearn for that intimacy again
Where my Heart beats in yours;
Where your soul feels
The flutter of my Breath;
Where you seek my Face
And find peace and love and Grace
In your Father’s healing embrace.

Are you riding alone?
A long trip back to your home?
Full of regret for what you’ve done?
Always hiding and always on the run?

How much pain can a man take?
How much is enough heart-ache?
Come on, my Child, ride with me
Come on, ride My Road and be free.

Life’s full of twists and turns
And each bright new vista burns
To ashes dusty, dull and grey;
Haunting dreams that just never go away.

How much pain can a man take?
How much is enough heart-ache?
Come on, my Child, ride with me
Come on, ride My Road and be free.

Feel you’ve had your fair share
Lost in some hellish nightmare
Of skidding feelings, spinning wheels
In a screaming soul that never heals?

How much pain can a man take?
How much is enough heart-ache?
Come on, my Child, ride with me
Come on, ride My Road and be free.

I’ve ridden on your road,
Felt the pain, carried the load,
Suffered the wounds of friends’ betrayals,
I know just what it is that your life entails.

I know how much pain a man can take;
I know how much is enough heart-ache.
Come on, my Child, ride with me
Come on, ride My Road and be free.

C140    SV54
[20 February 2010]

[Luke 15: 11-32
Mat 11:28  “Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest.  For the yoke I will give you is easy, and the load I will put on you is light.”

This is a parody based on Take my breath away by Berlin, as in the film Top Gun.
[C139 SV 53 16 February 2010]

Watching every moment as I go my foolish ways,
His Father-heart is breaking and I know that I’m to blame –
Squirming and retreating in some secret place I hide –
Showing me the scars He wears, He turns to me, and says:

“I’ll take your sin away,
Take your death away.”

Patiently He’s  waiting, still He’s watching over me
Stretching out, His wounded hands lift me up and free me –
Turning and returning for refuge to His wounded side –
He lays His hand upon my head and as I weep, He says:

“I’ll take your sin away,
Take your death away.”

“Dying on the Cross I saw you; in time I knew you’d come.
When I rose victorious, I called you; I called you to come home:
You fell to your knees; and you whispered  my Name:

‘Take my sin away,
Take my death away.’ ”

Watching every moment as I go about my day,
Father, you are loving, yesterday, today the same,
And you always hear me when I call upon your Name.
Lifting up to you a thankful heart, I say:

“You took my sin away;
You took my death away!”

Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Heb 13:8  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Luk 15:18  I will get up and go to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against God and against you.”